Kavanagh to Co-Chair Public Hearing on Implementation of New Voting Machines

October 20, 2009
On October 22, 2009, the Assembly Subcommittee on Election Day Operations and Voter Disenfranchisement will hold a public hearing, in conjunction with the Assembly Committees on Election Law, Education, and Libraries and Education Technology. Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, as Chair of the Subcommittee, will co-chair the hearing, the first such hearing since he was appointed to chair the Subcommittee.

Thursday’s hearing will address the impact of the enacted 2009-2010 State Budget on New York’s implementation of the Help America Vote Act of 2002, and its ramifications for the State Board of Elections, local boards of elections, and other public entities that conduct elections. Prime topics for discussion will include New York’s new paper ballot and optical scanner voting systems, already in use in many counties upstate, and whether these technologies can be used efficiently in school board and fire district elections.

Anyone is welcome to attend and may request a chance to present testimony by notifying the Assembly. The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Assembly Hearing Room on the 19th Floor at 250 Broadway, across the street from City Hall, in Manhattan. Questions or comments about the hearing, or about election operations or voting rights issues in general, may be directed to Ames Grawert in Kavanagh’s district office at 212-979-9696.